Peace Tower

The clock tower at Parliament’s Centre Block is called the Peace Tower. It’s 92.2m high and includes over 370 gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes. After my tour of Centre Block, I took an optional tour of the Peace Tower. This took an extra hour but was well worth it. Free tickets for self-guided tours of the Peace Tower only are distributed across the street from Parliament in a small shop at 90 Wellington Street.

Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Peace Tower

Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Peace Tower

First, I rode the lift up to the observation deck to get some incredible views of Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Nepean Point from the Peace Tower at Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nepean Point from the Peace Tower

East Block and Château Laurier from the Peace Tower in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

East Block and Château Laurier from the Peace Tower

Parliament Hill from the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Parliament Hill from the Peace Tower

West Block from the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

West Block from the Peace Tower

Gatineau from the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Gatineau from the Peace Tower

Next it was off to the Memorial Chamber. This solemn room holds the Books of Remembrance, which contain the names of all Canadian soldiers killed in war.

Books of Remembrance in the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Books of Remembrance

Books of Remembrance in the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Books of Remembrance

The architect, John A. Pearson, personally collected stone from the European battlefields where Canadians were killed and incorporated it into the floors and walls. The walls were originally supposed to have been inscribed with the names of all the service members killed in action, but there wasn’t enough space. The Books of Remembrance were placed there instead.

Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Memorial Chamber

In addition, there are three stained glass windows measuring 7m x 3.5m. They symbolize the Call to Arms, the Assembly of Remembrance, and the Dawn of Peace.

Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Memorial Chamber

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